Monday, August 1, 2016
Call of Duty Kids
Itchy and Scratchy cartoon than anything else. No, the games that bug me are "realistic" shooters made by the likes of Activision, EA, and Ubisoft. You know...the kind of games that replace the tedium and fear of real warfare with a lot of glamour and balls-to-the-wall action. I'm not actually against the concept. After all, video games about escapism in one form or another, and unlike a vocal sub-set of people out there, I understand the difference between correlation and cause. Especially when it comes to violent media and society. That said, it still annoys me when naive youths get the idea that these kind of games reflect the reality of things in any way, shape or form. I'm just going to come out and say this right now: assault rifles aren't good home defense weapons. The best firearm for such a purpose is (and has been for over a century now) the pump-action shotgun. It's reliable, doesn't travel overly far (so you don't risk harming innocent bystandards as much), has excellent stopping power, and best of all is easy to hit targets with. Alternatively, more muscular types might want to go with cold steel instead. The Roman gladius has killed more people than any other type of weapon in human history. You can buy high quality replicas for relatively affordable prices and it's well suited to close quarters fighting (plus you don't have to reload or worry about it going off accidentally). In fact, the only time I can see an assault rifle coming in handy is if your dwelling is under siege by a squad of Waffen SS troopers (possibly led by zombie Hitler himself).